Windy and Wet

Well, we had some wild, wet and windy weather over here last week!  I believe the flooding was even on the TV on the mainland so it must have been bad.  Mind you it was just the normal flooding of the rivers up our way and in Launceston, so we were not too adversely affected.  Though having said that I still find the way the rivers flood their banks in Launceston to be just amazing.  Anyway we certainly had some wild gusty gale force wind on Friday.  Kim was looking out of the loungeroom window when we had a particularly vigourous burst of wind and he saw the top half of one of the pine trees lining the road come crashing spectacularly down alongside our driveway.  Caleb had to go into town for TAFE and Lydia and I went with him to do the shopping so Kim suggested that we take the chainsaw with us just in case, and we were glad that we did.  We didn’t get more than a few hundred metres down the road before we had to stop and move a gum tree that had fallen across the fence and right across the road.  We chopped it into about 4 pieces and lugged them off the road before we could continue on.  That was another first for me.  🙂   I have to say that standing in the middle of the road watching Caleb saw up a tree with the wind roaring through the branches of numerous other tall trees that look exactly the same as the one lying across the road is not my favourite way to spend 15 minutes!  But I’m pleased to say that no more trees came down, and the weather has fined up since then.  However we did get water coming in along the edge of our sunken lounge room on Friday/ Saturday and the creek rose up to be within 1 metre of the back clothesline.  We also watched the edge of the creek erode away somewhat from the raging of the water, taking a big stump with it.  I’m rather glad that we don’t actually own this place as the creek is too close to the house for comfort really.  


My concern now is to see what damage may have been caused out at Milkenunny, I hope no trees have come down near to the shack!  Unfortunately there are a few very close to the back of the building and we have been planning to find an expert to fell them for us, but haven’t done so as yet.  Still, there is no changing what has already happened and we will get back over there later this week to have a look.  We did more lining last week and have almost finished the ceiling in the loungeroom as well as doing a goodly amount of the main wall in the vestibule as well.  We also finished running the water pipe to near the house from the creek at the top of the block.  Now we have to get a pump to fill the pipe so we can see how well it will syphon.  We also have a contractor from Mole Creek going to have a look at our driveway to quote us on spreading some gravel so we can make it less boggy, as it has become very bad in a couple of places and we’re not sure if we will make it through again.  Kim and I went to Hobart on Saturday to collect some deep cycle batteries that we will use as the power source for the second building.  The batteries have been part of a lighthouse power system and we are told they should last another 5 years.  They are good powerful ones and so we are very pleased to have got them, and at a good price too.  The older boys who will be sleeping in the second building have been trying to decide on a name for it.  My particular favourite is The Big Brother House, but although they came up with that one themselves and thought it was hilarious, they are strangely reluctant to have that as it’s permanent name.  I think their choice so far is The Manor.

Last Monday we took Sam up to the ski fields.  We had bought some skis and ski boots from a Launceston charity and the older kids and myself managed to have a go on a very mild training slope that we could walk to the top of and ski down.  We hired some ski poles and for the total princely sum of $50 we all had a good time getting a taste of what skiing was like.  Lydia was probably the best of all of us, despite a slow start when she kept sliding into the creek and I had to physically pull her out.  Caleb came in a close second, but Sam and I didn’t do quite so well.  I just could not work out how to steer and ended up crashing to a stop every time, and when you are down it is hard to get up!  We hired a toboggan for $15 as well and Josiah, and all the rest of us including Kim, had a go at that.  That was fun as well and much easier to master.  Caleb managed to bruise an ankle and slice his knee on a rock hidden under the snow when he was sliding around during a snowball fight, and he is still limping around a week later.  But despite bumps, bruises and freezing freezing weather (there was more wind and no sun this time) we were glad we went, and it was a fun experience.  I can imagine the older kids wanting to go and try it out properly sometime, getting a lift pass and all, but they will have to pay for themselves if they want to do that.  Mind you at $30 for an all day lift pass I believe it is one of the cheapest ski fields in Australia.

Today we had a visit from our landlord’s sister who has been in Launceston for a few weeks.  She lives in WA also.  Since we haven’t yet met our landlord, Lee, it was nice to at least see his sister, and we had a good time walking around the property and talking about our time here.  Josiah tried trout fishing in our creek this afternoon, but with no success.  We’ll have to get some licenses so the other kids can have a go too.

Anyway, I guess I better finish up for now.  Once again I have a couple of photos to share with you.
The first photo is looking across the paddocks of the farm at the beginning of our road back in the fine part of the year, followed by how it looked last Friday on our way to town.  I should have taken a photo of it on Saturday as well it was almost completely under water then.  I’ll have to get some more comparison photos later, I find it all just fascinating.



Then there are a couple of shots I took from the car as we drove into town on Saturday.  I have to say that the “normal” flooding does not get quiet so high or as close to the road as this, this is a few of times a year event.  See the fenceposts half under water.


And how would you like to live in this house with the water that close?
 I have to show you a shot taken from the upper bathroom window of our backyard and the creek.  The water came up higher than this during the night and the stump that the red arrow is pointing to is no longer there.


And to finish up I have a photo of Josiah fishing.  He had fun.

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